How to say it?

I am going through a list of best practices for therapist with CPTSD/PTSD clients.  I am stuck on number 5. https://www.blueknot.org.au/Workers-Practitioners/For-Health-Professionals/Resources-for-Health-Professionals/Best-Practice-Guidelines It is cloaked in Psycho-babble terms but boils down to the therapist needs to kindly tell the client they are brain damaged….awesome.  There is no easy way to put this. Really.  I thought for days. …

Adaptions not symptoms

One of the powerful things taught to me by my first counselor that my ‘symptoms’ of PTSD were actually life adaptions that worked for me at the time of trauma.  Of course, the issue was that they were maladaptive for living a more settled life.  In the list of best practices, one of the concepts…

I Never Forget

The morning of 9/11 I remember exactly where I was.  I worked in a computer lab.  With in minutes after the first plane hit their target, there were scenes of the disaster on every computer.  All work ground to a halt.  I looked at the carnage over and over from every conceivable angle.  Pentagon, Philadelphia,…

One Size

Does not fit all.  I studied PTSD for over 15 years now.  I am noticing a growing trend towards one therapy should work for everyone.  Hogwash.  If I went to an eye doctor he would not give me the same prescription as the person before me.  The one thing really awesome about my first counselor…

Therapist response

I learned from reading about it and from my own experience that the response of the therapist is key to moving forward in therapy.  I was blessed with my first counselor that delivered just the right mix of validation, encouragement and teaching new skills.  Later experiences I had one not believe me, another tell me…

No Fight Song

I joined a group that were creating scrapbook pages and encouraging each other.  I was getting further and further behind now that I am working at school again, summer is over.  Then I got totally hung up.  The moderator of the group said to make a page about our favorite Fight Song….you know the one…